How to recycle your tree in 2016 throughout the Heartland - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

How to recycle your tree in 2016 throughout the Heartland

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Christmas is over, and you may be dreading pulling down that tree.

Across the Heartland, there are a number of resources to help make the process easier.


In Cape Girardeau the Public Works Department says they are here to help. You can either visit their website or call them at 573-339-6351 to set up a pick up time. The trees are taken away on Wednesdays between January 11 and Feb. 22. Crews can pick the tree up at your house for a small $5 fee, or you can bring the tree over to the southeast corner of Arena Park to dispose of it for free.

The city of Jackson will accept Christmas trees at a special location located at the Recycling Center. Lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations should be completely removed by residents before hauling and dropping off the trees in the designated area. The recycled Christmas trees are used for bank revetment along Hubble Creek in City Park.

In Butler County, The U.S. Army Corps of engineers will use recycled Christmas Trees to create habitats for wildlife. They begin accepting trees on Dec. 26 and will conclude on January 15. Participants can drop off their trees at The Redman Creek boat ramp. The collection site will be marked with a sign. If you would like more information contact The Wappapello Lake Project office at 573-222-8562.


In Benton, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to re purpose your Christmas tree. The donated trees will be bundled together to create underwater fish structures. The trees will create feeding areas and safe refuge to fish and can also create nice fishing spots for anglers.

Christmas trees can be placed at any of the following Rend Lake boat ramps or parking lot locations between December 25 and January 18.

Locations at Rend Lake include: Sugar Creek parking lot, located at the intersection of Licata and Mine 21 roads; Dam West boat ramp, located on the west end of the main dam; or Jackie Branch boat ramp, located north of Rt. 154 across from the Barren Township building. Christmas trees will be accepted at these locations until January 18, 2017.

In Mt. Vernon you can drop off your tree at Veterans Park women’s softball field; Forest Avenue; Optimist Park at 903 Pace Avenue; or Airport Park at 1101 Airport Road. Trees will be accepted at the Mt. Vernon locations until January 8, 2017.

In Marion two additional collection locations have been created this year. Drop your tree off at Ray Fosse Park at the “Goofy Golf” parking lot, located just north of Route 13 on the east end of Marion at 519 Parish Ave or at Pyramid Park in the northernmost picnic shelter parking lot at 1300 Bevabeck Drive. 


The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has a solution for people wanting to get rid of their natural Christmas trees after the holidays.

The agency says instead of putting it on the street or just leaving it in the backyard until spring, donate the tree to be used for fish habitat.

Fisheries Director Ron Brooks says the agency tries to get numerous trees every year to sink them for the fish.

The trees must be natural and free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland or any other decorations. The state will accept them at 35 locations in 29 counties across Kentucky until Jan. 15.

To find a location, visit and type "Christmas" in the search engine in the top right corner of the page.

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